Fall 2010

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Volume 27, No. 3, Fall 2010
Co-Editors: Julia Trojanowski, Northland College and Linda Hartig, Carroll University

In this issue:

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair Future Events
ACRL Chapter Councils Rep Update People & Places in the News
A Visit to Czech Libraries Calendar of Meetings & Events
WITC and IFLS host DLK Education & Enrichment Opportunities

Thoughts from the WAAL Chair

--Dennis Unterholzner

D. Unterholzner, WAAL Chair, photo
Greetings everyone. Summer is over, the weather is turning cooler, and the smell of fall is in the air. Being retired, this is the first fall in several decades that I wasn’t part of all the excitement associated with the beginning of a new school year. Although I had thought I would never miss what often seemed like controlled chaos, I must admit I do miss all the activity. 

The WAAL Board has been busy working on several projects that will provide better communication to both current and potential members. The Directory Committee is working on developing a new structure for the designated contact system, the Communications Committee is looking into creating a space on the WLA website to promote WAAL membership, and the Conference Planning Committee is planning for the 2011 WAAL Conference in Stevens Point, April 26-29.

In August, I attended WLA’s Strategic Planning and Revitalization Conference at the De Forest Public Library. Through a number of exercises and a lot of brainstorming, the group worked to identify key elements we believe would make WLA more effective and responsive to the needs of our profession. We then identified those activities and organizational structures that will ensure that these key elements are implemented. It was both an informative and exciting conference, and I look forward to all of us working together in the coming years to create an organization that will enable librarians to thrive in the future.

Don’t forget the upcoming WLA Annual Conference. This year we will be meeting at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, November 2-5. WAAL is sponsoring and co-sponsoring several programs this year, including

  • Staff training at a combined services desk,
  • Stealth marketing & clip art: doing a lot with a little,
  • Adventures in space design: a creative process for designing library spaces that meet the evolving needs of our users and staff 
  • Student research forum.

There are many additional programs being offered that will be of interest to you. In addition, it is a great opportunity for professional development to see what others are doing in the profession or just to renew acquaintances. By the way, if any of you would like to assist with program introductions, please contact Lisa Viezbicke at Beloit College.

If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, there’s still time. Follow this link to the conference site http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/conferences/2010/index.htm. I hope to see all of you at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells this November.

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ACRL Chapter Councils Rep Update

--Laurie Swartwout, ACRL Liaison

At our June Chapters Council meeting at ALA in Washington, DC, we were privileged to have Dr. Megan Oakleaf speak to us about the comprehensive report that she has been working on over the past year, “The Value of Academic Libraries: A comprehensive Research Review and Report.”  The focus of Megan’s report is on the value of academic libraries from an institutional perspective. Some of the questions she addresses are how the library affects student recruitment, achievement, retention, and overall student learning. She encouraged us to explore where the library can have an impact on our students’ learning experiences and assist them in successfully completing their academic program. Her enthusiasm to make libraries a vibrant part of a student’s academic experience is catching! The final report has recently been made available online: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/value/val_report.pdf

Once you have read through the report, I encourage you to think about your library and its value to your institution – what might you change or promote that would make a difference for your students?  If you have recently implemented changes, were they successful? Now, what can you share at the next WAAL conference that might help other academic librarians and staff?

The bi-annual ACRL conference is coming up quickly! Don’t miss it -- March 30-April 2, 2011, in Philadelphia, PA. This conference is smaller than the ALA conferences and geared specifically to academic library needs. It’s a wonderful way to share ideas, learn new skills, talk with vendors, visit poster sessions, and make connections with peers. Information about the conference can be found here: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/national/2011/index.cfm.

Also available to you are e-learning options through ACRL – Online Seminars and Live Webcasts. Check out the options on the ACRL website!

As representative for the Wisconsin ACRL chapter, I meet with other Chapter reps and ACRL national officers and staff twice yearly at the Annual and Midwinter ALA meetings. If you have questions, suggestions, comments, or feedback that you would like me to share at this level, please feel free to contact me.

Laurie Swartwout, Cardinal Stritch University Library

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A Visit to Czech Libraries

--Patricia Kuntz, SLIS Alumna, MA/MS/PhD, Wisconsin

In 2003, library school staff at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill negotiated a study abroad program in Prague for librarians and library school students. Since that year, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members have led groups for two weeks of library visits that are coordinated by faculty and students of the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship at Charles University (established in 1348). Participants in the UNC-CUNI program visit more than 20 urban and rural libraries of various types during the trip. The actual libraries visited change yearly, depending on availability and interpreters or English speakers.

Several Wisconsin librarians have participated in the course: Judith Louer, Anne Rauh, Deborah Copperud, Katie Curler, and Katie Hull. This year I enrolled in the course to focus on various collections of African content materials held in Prague’s religious libraries, as well as in university and museum collections.

The Czechs have a long history of literacy and books. John Hus, a protestant theologian, standardized the Czech alphabet. The Bible was the first book to be translated into Czech, contrary to Papal authority for the Catholic Church. Since Prague was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, it is logical for contemporary librarians to come to Charles University for information concerning manuscripts and books from the Middle Ages. 

The two-week UNC-CUNI program in Prague was packed with librarianship as well as cultural activities. Everyone left impressed with the accomplishments of the Czechs in terms of literacy, which has led to general library use. The library school hosts at CUNI were most gracious and informative concerning the status of librarianship in the country. On this trip we visited several university libraries, two monastic libraries, one aristocrat’s library, and several public libraries in a large urban center and a small rural setting. The program was well designed for interaction with local librarians. Several students returned to libraries for further inquiries and to gather data for a research paper. Participants were well aware that, as individuals, they would have had a difficult time meeting all 26 librarians and archivists and visiting the 13 libraries in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia in such a concentrated time.

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WITC and IFLS host DLK

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and Indianhead Federated Library System partnered to host renowned library technology expert David Lee King in northwestern Wisconsin for a unique event offered to public, academic, and K-12 librarians. The event was held at the WITC-Rice Lake campus on October 1 from 9:30-3:30 and was open to all librarians.

In the morning session, King described the current social media transformation taking place and how those changes apply in a library setting.  He then discussed the changes a library needs to make to meet and participate in our new online, participatory world, and provided pointers to plan for and implement the changes.

Following King’s morning presentation, the afternoon was dedicated to collaboration among librarians, including hands-on lab time to explore some of the issues discussed during the morning session.

Prior to the event, WITC’s Learning Resources Director, Matt Rosendahl said he was “very excited to hear what this leader in library technology has to say, but I’m also looking forward to the opportunities for librarians to learn from each other and discover new ways to serve our communities, schools, colleges, and universities.

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Future Events

ELUNA Annual Conference

--Sue Dentinger, Library Technology Group, UW-Madison Libraries

The ELUNA (ExLibris Users of North America) annual conference is being held in Milwaukee this coming year, on May 11-13, 2011. Prior to the conference on May 9-10, there will be a technical seminar covering more in-depth training issues of some ExLibris products. ExLibris is the vendor for SFX, BX, MetaLib, Voyager, ALEPH, Primo, Verde and Digitool/Rosetta. UW System libraries are providing the local arrangements; Ewa Barczyk is our local arrangements chair.

The program for 2011 is not out yet but you can get a feel for the conference from last year's program at:  http://eluna2010.tcu.edu/ .

The first day of the conference will have a plenary session given by ExLibris staff at which they will discuss the company’s overall directions and future plans. They will also have a seminar by their lead technologist on their upcoming product URM (Universal Resource Management), which, as I understand it, is the years-away upgrade path for Voyager. It is looking like there will be an opening night reception, possibly at the Harley Davidson Museum, but plans are still in process for that. The plenary session will be at the Milwaukee convention center, with the conference in general being hosted at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center Hotel.

If you work with any of these products, this would be a good year to attend or (even better) present at this conference.  Sometimes we don't realize some of the innovative things we are doing. It would be great to see a good showing by Wisconsin library staff.

WAAL Annual Conference, Call for Conference Programming

--Andrew Prellwitz, WAAL Conference Planning Committee

WAAL Annual Conference 2011 logo graphic

The WAAL 2011 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions for Renew, Energize, Sustain: WAAL 2011 at the Ramada Inn in Stevens Point, April 26-29, 2011.

Proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels and workshops are welcome. Target areas for sessions from the 2010 conference evaluations and possible topic ideas include (but are not limited to):

  • Sustainability
  • Information Literacy
  • Resource Sharing
  • Access Services
  • Technical Services
  • Distance Librarianship
  • Managing student employees
  • Weeding
  • Instruction and Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Small Libraries
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Digital Preservation

To submit a breakout session proposal, please forward the following information:

1. Abstract of the program (300 words or less).

2. Presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and contact information.

3. Format (presentation, panel discussion, workshop, etc.).

4. Equipment needs.

Proposals are due by October 15, 2010.
Please send via email all proposals and questions to Andrew Prellwitz

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People & Places in the News

WISPALS Library Consortium

The WISPALS Library Consortium (www.wispals.org ) welcomes Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) as its newest full member. It has been a participating member since 2004. This brings WISPALS full membership to eleven Wisconsin Technical College School districts. One of WITC’s first projects is converting to a new ILS (Voyager) in collaboration with WISPALS staff.

Jennifer Brosek was hired as the WISPALS Library Consortium Coordinator in March. She is a 2009 graduate from Indiana University SLIS and has previous experience working at the University of Chicago Libraries both as a student and full-time staff member. She looks forward to learning more about Wisconsin!

Beloit College

--Joshua Hickman, Digital Resources Librarian

In July 2010, Beloit College Library and the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College launched a digital collection of holdings at the museum. Designed to serve as a virtual catalog of the museum’s artifacts, the initial collection contained 849 items housed in CONTENTdm. This collection has already expanded to more than 1100 items and is expected to continue growing over the coming months and years. 

CONTENTdm will afford the collection heightened visibility in Google searches as well as in WorldCat. In addition, it allows for a variety of search capabilities for users of the museum’s collection. Although the items comprise a single collection, visitors to the collection’s homepage (http://www.beloit.edu/bcdc/logan/ ) are presented with the option to view featured collections.  These featured collections use hidden metadata fields to display subcollections of items related to specific bequests or groups of artifacts.

The Logan Museum digital collection is intended to support the coursework of Beloit College faculty and students, as well as to raise awareness of the museum and its artifacts among the general public. A similar collection for the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College is currently under way.

Lawrence University

--Peter Gilbert, Library Director

The Mudd staff welcomed 100 new students to the library for their annual Welcome Week Open House. Students made notebooks from recycled paper and cereal boxes, played Mario Kart, took Library tours, ate delicious sandwiches (not to mention Dum-dums and Smarties), put together a puzzle, learned about Library and CTL services, and won fabulous prizes. View our Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeleyg/sets/72157624802358969/ .

The Mudd is delighted to welcome Jill Thomas as our new Director of Technical Services. Jill comes to us from Boston College where she was Jesuitana Librarian at the Burns Library. Before that she was Digital Resources Cataloger at  the O'Neill Library at Boston College and Head of Technical Services at the Botany Libraries at Harvard.

Over the summer the Mudd continued its popular Mudd Coffeehouse series. More than 80 faculty and staff stopped by for coffee, cookies, and content. Our four programs this year ran the gamut from using Google in conjunction with library resources to new-fangled gadgets like iPads, Nooks, and Kindles to streaming audio services to digital art collections. A fine time was had by all.

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries

The Libraries’ Funding Information Center announces publication of its all-new 2010 (29th) edition of Foundations in Wisconsin. The unique tool documents a record 1,314 active foundations in the state, including 123 new foundations. Reflecting the nation’s economy, both total grants ($473 million) and total assets ($5.6 billion) decreased from last year, 7% and 18% respectively. Both spiral-bound and online subscription formats may be purchased through the library. 

Postcards from Manhattan
On October 1st the Department of Special Collections and Archives will publish the final installment of photographs for its digital collection, Postcards from Manhattan: The Portrait Photography of Carl Van Vechten. More than 800 postcards depicting notable ballet and modern dancers will join the nearly 1,600 portraits already online. The completed site will boast images of 359 individuals, embodying a “who’s who” of prominent persons in the mid-twentieth century arts. Celebrated photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) mailed these portrait postcards to his friend, Karl Priebe (1914-1976), a Wisconsin artist whose papers reside in Raynor Memorial Libraries. An exhibit of the original postcards will be displayed on the first floor of Raynor Library during October to celebrate Wisconsin Archives Month, which focuses on historical postcards. More about the project or view the collection.

See the Libraries’ fall newsletter, featuring collection news, new staff, spotlight on research and instructional services, latest research guides, and more...

UW-Eau Claire

Robin Miller is the new research and instruction/government publications librarian at McIntyre library, where she is also the federal and state depository coordinator. She had the following to say about her new job, “You will see me teaching information literacy classes, assisting patrons at the reference desk, and consulting individually with both students and faculty. I am also the liaison to the American Indian studies program, the environmental public health program, and the political science department; I look forward to working with faculty in these departments, and throughout the University, to foster our students’ critical thinking about information and research.” Robin and her husband are new to Wisconsin and, as avid cyclists, they are looking forward to getting to know the state by bicycle. In her spare time, Robin also spends a lot of time cooking and fantasizing about vegetable gardening.


--Steve Burnham, Editor, UWM Libraries

The Libraries celebrated the launch of a new digital collection, March On Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project, on Sept. 16 at the Milwaukee Public Library.

Curative Care Network--a service organization, founded in 1919, that works to improve the quality of life for thousands of persons with disabilities or limiting conditions--has made a generous gift of its historical records to the Libraries.

Arijit Sen, assistant professor in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, will present the Libraries’ 41st  annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture on October 21 in the Golda Meir Library's Conference Center. The title of Sen’s lecture is “Charlotte Partridge, Layton School of Art and the Pedagogy of Social Engagement, 1920-1954.”

New York City collector Jerome Buff has donated to the Libraries more than 1100 literary first editions, about a quarter of which are inscribed.

Photographer and book artist Clarissa Sligh will offer a presentation in the Ettinger Book Artist Series on October 19 in Special Collections. Her widely acclaimed work, held in library and museum collections around the world, centers on issues of race, identity, cultural constructs, and social justice.

Frederick E. Nelson, Department of Geography, University of Delaware, will give the annual Wilkommen GeoFocus lecture on “The American Geographical Society’s Transcontinental Excursion of 1912” on October 7 in the American Geographical Society Library.

Lisa Schelling has joined the American Geographical Society Library as GIS Librarian. Lisa’s MLS is from Indiana University, where she was previously working as an Instruction Assistant.

More information about the UW-Milwaukee Libraries is available in the Fall 2010 newsletter.


Jeanne Foleyreceived a heartwarming retirement send-off from Polk Library staff in December, 2009. After 30 years of state service, she finds that she still misses her working days and the statewide network of library friends she has made. She additionally reports that retirement affords more quality visiting time with family and friends, the opportunity to enjoy less-crowded midweek travel, and time to join a third book-club. Time flies when you are having fun, both then and now, apparently!


--Zora Sampson, Library Director

On Tuesday night, August 31st, the last night that students had without classes the next morning, the 2010 Karrmann Library Ball Drop took place at 9:40 p.m. More than 500 students crowded around the library’s patio outdoors to count down and watch 1250 super balls drop from the 3rd floor balcony onto the 1st floor patio. There were three strobe lights to accentuate the falling and bouncing motion of the balls. Five hundred of the super balls glowed in the dark, tracing the path on and off the patio. WSUP 91 FM, the UW-P campus radio station, brought a terrific sound system to the event. 

After the ball drop, nearly one-hundred students came into the library to enjoy a paper airplane challenge and web cam "studying in the library” photos. In the paper airplane challenge, the longest flight was over 52 feet! The biggest challenge for this game was to keep the airplane going straight down the paper runway.

On the library’s 2nd floor students enjoyed rock music with card and board games set up by the UW-P Gaming Society.

Peanuts, candy bars, and water were provided for the crowd, yet there was almost no trash left by our environmentally alert Pioneers. UW-P students can look forward to more fun library events throughout the year and to a bigger, better ball drop in 2011!

UW-Platteville Karrmann Library acquires new materials for three cutting-edge programs

At the end of the 2009-10 academic year at UW-Platteville, Provost Emerita Carol Sue Butts awarded the UW-P Karrmann Library $3,600 from the Opportunity Fund for new materials in the forensic investigation, micro-electro-mechanical systems and nanotechnology, and sustainable and renewable energy programs. The new books and DVDs were chosen by UWP library staff members Charlene Ingebritsen, Regina Pauly, and Kay Young, and are available for the fall semester.

Young, a senior instructional specialist, explained that when the library is short of materials for a specific program, staff must rely on the UW System’s Inter-Library Loan system to meet patrons’ needs. But when a program is new, other libraries often don’t have enough materials in their collections, either.

The Opportunity Fund is a one-time source of funding and is not part of the university budget allocated to the library annually. In their capacity as liaisons to the criminal justice, chemical and physical engineering, and general engineering programs, respectively, Ingebritsen, Pauly and Young decided to combine their requests into one grant proposal to reinforce quickly each growing discipline.

Ingebritsen, who is part of the library’s government publications department, said, “In order to support student learning and faculty teaching, we need to have up-to-date, current materials, and if we can’t get them someplace else, then it’s very difficult to give the students and the faculty the information that they require.”

The trio went through a careful research process for choosing the new materials, which include around 50 new books and DVDs. Along with soliciting input from faculty in each specific department, they read book reviews in industry journals and considered the needs of the collection for the future. 

Pauly, curriculum librarian and director of the Instructional Materials Laboratory located in Doudna Hall, said, “We are really grateful for this funding. Provost Emerita Butts saw the need we have, and she supported it.”

"It’s a real windfall for the library, students and faculty to be able to have these resources right at their fingertips so that they are truly on the cutting edge,” Ingebritsen said.

For more information about the new materials or other resources, visit Karrmann Library on the UW-P campus, or contact Young at (608) 342-1134 or young@uwplatt.edu .                               

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Calendar of Meetings & Events

WLA Annual Conference November 2-5, 2010, Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
WAAL Annual Conference April 26-29, 2011, Ramada Inn, Stevens Point

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Education & Enrichment Opportunities

CCBC Calendar & Events SOIS Podcasts
e-Learning from ACRL SOIS Professional Development Institute
SLIS Continuing Education & Online Short Courses Wisconsin State Law Library Classes and Tours

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